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The Lernen to Talk Show: Episode 3 – Radolfzell Stadtgarten!

August 15, 2011

Today’s episode features my good friend Kansas Kate. She is a fellow German learner, though many years ahead of myself. She was kind enough to stoop down to my level this morning for your entertainment. Join us as we discuss pressing issues, such as advanced foreign language pedagogy, maritime recreation, and the existence of housebroken aquatic mammals. I am also pleased to announce that your pleas have been answered. This week’s episode has been painstakingly subtitled in English. Please keep commenting constructive criticism, and I swear I’ll do my best to comply.

Thanks to Joe for working the camera!

And as a special bonus feature, here is that picture of a hippo I mentioned:

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2011 15:59

    Dude. That was so great. I was basically grinning like an idiot watching. Yay subtitles!

    PS: Kansas Kate needs to sprechen up, #amirite?

  2. August 17, 2011 03:31

    I guffawed so many times at this. But, constructive criticism (as in, idle thought) — to make life easier for yourself, maybe have three or four topics or questions ready to go? To make life more hilarious for us, DO NOT.

    • August 25, 2011 22:00

      Thanks Pam! My thought for the future, when my German (hopefully) becomes unfunnily good, is to have my guest actually try to stump me. Which, I know, is in the opposite direction of your suggestion… hmm…

  3. Darshana permalink
    August 18, 2011 06:38

    ahhhh subtitling must have been SO painstaking! but thank you for doing it! it’s so awesome for us!

  4. Avital permalink
    August 20, 2011 06:27

    The subtitles are a smashing success! I am so smart… SMRT, I mean, SMART.

    I like your hippopotamus. 🙂

  5. September 19, 2011 20:07

    Michael hat in der kurzen Zeit schon sehr viel Deutsch gelernt, wie man hören kann. Und es macht ihm großen Spaß im Carl Duisberg Centrum Radolfzell.

  6. aneta permalink
    March 5, 2012 13:14


  7. Steven C. permalink
    June 20, 2013 11:04

    This is great! I don’t speak a word of German, but I’ve still got an ear-to-ear grin right now watching you (not meant to sound creepy…). Also, the subtitles are great. Thanks for including the incorrect phrases you used, they’re hilarious.

  8. Guida Dório permalink
    June 20, 2013 22:18

    Interesting how English retained a little bit of the dative case, like in “With whoM”!

  9. June 28, 2013 16:35

    I love this! Just starting to watch all of your videos because I too will study abroad in Germany for a year…I leave in 2 months 😀 I love the mistakes, it had me grinning the entire time.

    • August 2, 2013 11:44

      Good luck with your time in Germany, Ali! Where will you be living? I’m so happy you like my show.

      • All Johnson permalink
        August 10, 2013 03:18

        I will be staying in the Village of Forchheim. It’s just north of Nuremberg. It’s population is about 20,000 people!

  10. Chelsea permalink
    July 1, 2013 08:49


    I just wanted to tell you that I absolutely loved this project of yours! I could almost see myself in your videos. Spanish is my native tongue, english is my L2 and right now I’m studying french, and my everyday life is just like that 🙂 I have learnt to not be afraid of making a fool of myself, after all, accuracy comes from fluency.

    I shared this video with a friend of mine who is studying german. She was smiling during the whole video, amazed by how she could understand most of what you were saying. We are planning a trip to Germany and I’m sure she will be my translator 🙂

    Once again, great idea and thank you for the subtitles.

    • July 1, 2013 10:28

      Hi Chelsea,

      thanks so much for checking it out! De dónde eres? Aprendí castellano en Chile después de estudiarlo en la escuela… It makes me happy to hear that you identify with my misadventures. I’m glad your friend liked it too! I’d appreciate any comments you might have on other episodes, too. Buena suerte con francés!

      • Chelsea permalink
        July 5, 2013 01:48

        ¡Hola, hola!

        ¡Wow! No esperaba leer esa frase en español. In fact, I had to re-read it until I realized I was reading something in my L1 (and that I shouldn’t be having difficulties reading it). Well, my brain gets confused every now and then with the languages I speak 🙂 Has it ever happened to you?

        I wanted to ask you a question if you don’t mind. Which language has been the most difficult for you to learn and why?

        I live in the beautiful valley of Caracas, in Venezuela.

        I will definitely watch the other episodes once my final exams are over (returning to a coffee-free life).


  11. September 19, 2014 11:32

    I have so much fun with your videos! xD
    Ich gehe nach Deutschland this October as an Au Pair, and I’ll documenting my experience too! ^^ Thanks for sharing your experiencie! 😀


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